By Loren Talbot

Los Angeles. The Smith House, built by Craig Ellwood in 1958 and restored by architect Jim Tyler in 2018, sits on a hill, and when its glass walls are illuminated at night it appears to float in the landscape. A floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace separates the T-shaped home’s two bedrooms from the main living area.

Outside are 530 square feet of decks and a children’s play space.

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By Bianca Barragan

This 1924 dwelling, surrounded by trees and fronted by a bridge over Rustic Canyon Creek, doesn’t just look and feel like an artist’s retreat. It actually was one.

In the 1940s, author Christopher Isherwood reportedly took up residence at the two-story home. Isherwood lived in a number of locations in Rustic Canyon and nearby Santa Monica before his death in 1986, and his writing about the canyon featured in the novel A Single Man, which was adapted into a movie.

As the listing notes, the residence is a peaceful hideaway with “easy access to coveted outdoor areas” and “provid[es] the feeling of privacy and remoteness.”

The first floor holds a family room and kitchen ringed in French doors that open out onto a wall of trees, including an old sycamore. The two bedrooms can be found upstairs, where there is also a balcony and a lone bathroom. Other features include hardwood floors, wood beams, and multiple French doors.

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By Julie Davis

Organic elements bring warmth to this uber-contemporary loft-inspired home in Santa Monica, CA.

It’s a Trulia love story for the ages: Industrial loft meets sunny greenhouse, sparks fly, and the ensuing romance leaves a lasting imprint in the form of this four-bedroom, five-bathroom contemporary home in Santa Monica, CA — proof that some wholes really are greater than the sum of their parts.

Because when modern design couples up with organic elements (foliage, light-filled spaces, wood), something magical happens: Cold becomes warm, rigid becomes soft, and wide-open spaces become — dare we say it! — cozy.

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